The Victory Café in Albany has never disappointed me – in all the years of work parties and get-togethers, bridal showers, baby showers, golden showers – I’ve always enjoyed the food and the friendly staff. However, once in a great while they go above and beyond their normal standard of deliciousness, and that is when they serve the following:
24 Karat Pulled Pork Melt on Jalapeno Corn Bread with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Pepper Jack Cheese Served with Potato Salad
Now, take a moment for that to sink in. Imagine, if you will, the singular taste sensation that results when these ingredients are put together, smoldering and melting into one another ~ the spicy heat of the jalapeno corn bread and pepper jack cheese, the sultry sweetness of the caramelized onions, the jaunty textural spike of crisp bacon, and that savory, smoky melt-in-your-mouth richness of 24 karat pulled pork. Its golden moniker is no accident, and it more than lives up to the billing.
It is, quite simply, the best sandwich in the world. I don’t use that term lightly, and I don’t use it often, so you know I mean business. I only wish they had it more often – I wait and wait and wait and it only shows up once every few months. (Which, given its likely caloric make-up, is probably best for my pants.) That also might be the reason for its goodness – the fleeting always tastes better.